The past week South Shore has had its fair share of chilly days — in addition to being a motivator to hit the slopes, cold weather often prompts people to seek indoor methods of exercise. Apart from standard gyms, many of Tahoe's studios specialize in yoga, pilates and related practices.
With winter finally rearing its head here in Tahoe, here are some fun alternatives that make for unconventional ways to stay in shape (or get in shape) as we head toward spring.
This studio — home to barre, pilates, kickboxing and more — opened in 2016 and features both low- and high-impact classes that help improve flexibility and build strength. Along with classes oriented in ballet and physical therapy (such as barre), The Bar's offerings also include cardio dance, yoga and Coyote Ugly (a Pussycat Dolls-esque session).
The Bar is located at 2264 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 7. Learn more about the business and view a schedule of classes at http://www.thebartahoe.com.
Approximately one year ago OMNI opened its doors in The Crossing at Tahoe Valley. While the studio focuses largely on yoga (and a wide variety at that: prenatal yoga, hot yoga and children's yoga are among the selections), it also features classes in barre, hip-hop dance, pole and many more. What makes OMNI unique is its standing as the sole studio on South Shore that offers infrared heating, which warms the participants directly (instead of heating the surrounding air).
Check out http://www.omnitahoe.com for a class descriptions and a schedule, or visit OMNI in person at 2032 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Looking for a studio that strictly specializes in yoga? Consider Yoga Om, Tahoe Yoga Shala or Still Water Yoga Lake Tahoe. Yoga Om's classes range from Slow Flow Yoga to Bend & Balance, Vinyasa, Open Studio and others — there is even a children's class that teaches the basics. Tahoe Yoga Shala offers 35 classes each week in multiple styles and levels. Still Water Yoga, too, provides a mix of classes — and on Sunday, Feb. 25, the studio is hosting Sunday Fundayasana in collaboration with Sidellis Lake Tahoe. Held at the brewery, the event will include a one-hour vinyasa class and a flight of locally crafted beer.
Learn more about Yoga Om, located at 2520 Lake Tahoe Blvd. #11, at http://www.yogaomtahoe.com. More information about Tahoe Yoga Shala, found at 585 Tahoe Keys Blvd. #F1A, is available at http://www.tahoeyogashala.com. Details about Still Water Yoga Lake Tahoe, located at 298 Kingsbury Grade Road #2J, can be found at http://www.stillwateryogalaketahoe.com.
While there aren't as many studios offering aerial silk classes on South Shore, Inversion Gym and The Studio Lake Tahoe are among those that do. For those who are unfamiliar with the practice, aerial arts involve moving in and out of fabric to work muscles. Inversion Gym — known as a spot for gymnastics, tumbling and trampoline — offers aerial silk instruction for children and teens, and is beginning an adults program, too. The Studio Lake Tahoe hosts aerial yoga, a class that uses fabric hammocks to enhance movement, at its location.
Inversion Gym is found at 867 Eloise Ave., and more information is available online at http://www.inversiontahoe.com. The Studio Lake Tahoe is located at 1089 Magua St., and additional details can be found at http://www.thestudiolaketahoe.com.
Both Kahle Community Center and South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex provide classes to help people get fit indoors during the winter. The two offer zumba sessions, but Kahle also has weekly yoga instruction (known as "Yoga for Everybody") and pilates lessons.
Additional information about Kahle Community Center is available at http://www.douglascountynv.gov, and about the South Lake Tahoe complex at http://www.cityofslt.us. The former is located at 236 Kingsbury Grade Road, and the latter at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.